Gregory Cruess, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Historical Theology and Pastoral Ministry

About Dr. Cruess 

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Dr. Greg Cruess

Dr. Gregory M. Cruess obtained his Ph.D. in Theology from the Univeristy of Notre Dame, a Master of Theological Studies from Boston College and a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Notre Dame. He has been actively involved in parish ministry since 2013 where he began as an Adult Faith Formation Catechist (RCIA) at St. Joseph's Parish in South Bend, IN. 

 Research Interests

  • Catechetical Theology and Evangelization
  • Christology/Soteriology
  • U.S. Latino Theology and Catechesis
  • Patristic Theology,
  • Augustine of Hippo
  • Origen of Alexandria
  • The Medieval Reception of Patristic Theology
  • Ressourcement in 20th Century Catholic Thought
  • The Theology of Benedict XVI/Joseph Ratzinger
  • Marian Theology/Mariology

Academic Appointments & Professional Experience

University of Dallas

Instructor, Neuhoff School of Ministry

University of Notre Dame

Instructor, Theology Department

Holy Cross College

Instructor, Religious Studies

Publications & Presentations

  • Three Pseudo-Bernardine Works, Edited by Ann Astell and Joseph Wawrykow. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2018. [As Member of the Catena Scholarium translating team at the University of Notre Dame.]
  • Aelred of Rievaulx, The Liturgical Sermons: The Durham and Lincoln Collections, Sermons 47-83 Translated by Kathryn Krug, Lewis White, and the Catena Scholarium. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2018. [As Member of the Catena Scholarium translating team at the University of Notre Dame.
  • “An Inculturated Introduction: Reintroducing Christianity in the Context of U.S. Hispanic Catholicism." [Accepted for presentation at “Ratzinger's Introduction to Christianity at 50” conference, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN, November 4–6, 2018
  • “Preaching the Fourfold Gospel: Augustine's Exegetical Method in the Sermones ad populum.” Presented at the annual meeting of the North American Patristics Society, Chicago, IL, May 25, 2018
  • “Augustine's Influence on the Developing Theology of the Gifts and Beatitudes: A Medieval Reception History." Presented at the Pinckaers Symposium, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN, May 7, 2018 
  • “‘De humilitate Christi loquor’: Augustine’s Preaching on the Union of Natures in his In Iohannis Evangelium Tractatus.” Presented at the annual meeting of the North American Patristics Society, Chicago, IL, May 27, 2017.
  • “Augustine and Aquinas on the Gifts of the Holy Spirit.” Presented at the 52nd International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI, May 13, 2017 

 

Curriculum Vitae

News

You Can Do What with a (Spanish) Degree?

His first step was to enroll in physician’s assistant school at Baylor’s College of Medicine, a career trajectory to which he had aspired since his early childhood. Nowadays, Jonathan Cunningham, BA ’17, is dedicated to the vocational pursuit of comfort and healing at MD Anderson in Houston, among the largest cancer treatment centers in the U.S., where he was once a chemotherapy patient himself.

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History Alumnus Heads National Catholic Bioethics Center

During his Rome semester in 1991, Joseph Meaney, BA '93, with his friends (now Father) Kevin Cook, BA '94, and (now Texas State Representative and UD Trustee) Tan Parker, BA '93, attended a private Mass with Pope St. John Paul II. Several weeks earlier, they had hand-delivered a letter to the Swiss Guards outside St. Peter's requesting the Mass and including their contact information; at last, they'd received the phone call instructing them to be at the Bronze Gates at 5 a.m.

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